Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! When the weather outside is frightful and all you really want to do is hide under the covers with your cat. If I’m having a chill day, I like to give my skin a break and skip the foundation (#skincaredetox). This is my basic, no foundation makeup look – great for staying home, going to the gym or running errands. Basically – any occasion where you don’t mind looking a little more natural.
From pajamas to my favorite comfy day sweater (H&M).
MAC Strobe Cream or Becca Backlight Priming Filter
When you’re going without foundation, the primer or moisturizer you use matters. I like to use one with light reflecting particles to give my skin a natural glow. Plus this one is packed with antioxidants that are good for your skin anyway so it’s a win-win.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
On any red areas like sides of the nose, chin, and any spots or blemishes.
NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla
This is my current fave for under eye concealing. A little smudge of this blended in under the eye will go a long way.
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Natural Light or MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC20
Some folks might consider this cheating, but depending on what kind of coverage I want, I’ll use either MAC Mineralized Skinfinish for sheer coverage, or dip a fluffy powder brush into MAC Studio Fix Powder for a buildable light coverage.
If you have dry skin, you can probably skip this step. I tend to look a little shiny and find that powder helps blend in the concealed spots with the rest of my face.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
You can skip this step if you already have natural color to your face, but for my pale, lifeless skin, blush is both a joy and a necessity in my daily makeup routine. I switch up my blush shades all the time but usually go for pale pinks, mauves or nudes. Tarte blush in Exposed is a classic pinky nude that works well on most skin tones.
Bronzer, Contour, Highlighter
(optional, just pick one!)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette or Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light
Glossier Haloscope in Quartz or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
This step is totally optional and just depends on what makes you feel most pulled together. I don’t wear bronzer at all but I know some view it as an absolute essential. I occasionally wear contour but only for date nights or special occasions. I have a very oval face so I don’t find contour to be a daily necessity.
I am, however, a highlighter junkie and tend to wear it on even my laziest makeup days. It’s hard to pick a favorite but the balmy texture of Glossier Haloscope in Quartz makes it totally goof-proof and understated enough to go with a natural look.
And yes, I do apply this over powder. You usually can’t apply a cream product over a powder but the Glossier Haloscope can be patted in without disturbing the powder underneath.
If stick highlighters aren’t your deal, you simply CAN’T go wrong with Becca Opal. It’s a powerful highlighter to be sure, but applied with a light hand, this shade can look very natural and glowy. Plus, who wants to be fussing around with products that require building on a lazy, no-foundation makeup day?
Honorable mention goes to the sheer Hourglass Ambient Highlighters. These are really quite sheer and understated. I do use them from time to time but if I’m having a lazy day, I’ll usually just reach for Glossier Haloscope or Becca Opal.
Glossier Boy Brow or Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
Depending on the state of your brows, you may need to add a pencil or powder to this. But personally, if I’m having a lazy makeup day, I usually don’t put much effort into a no-fun area of the face like eyebrows. Mine are quite full, despite a couple missing spots so I usually just use a tinted or clear gel to hold them in place.
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black
There’s not much I can say about this step…mascara makes everyone look more awake. I love this one for its glossy definition and separation of my lashes – perfect for a natural makeup look.
Glossier Balm DotCom in Rose
Glossier Generation G in Crush
You guys know I just love a red matte lip, so sometimes I’ll still wear something like L’Oreal Blake’s Red just to perk myself up. (I’m pretty sure it’s been proven that red lipstick has magical mood-boosting properties). But if we’re truly going for a natural look here, you can’t mess up Glossier Generation G in Crush. It’s a sheer pop of rosy pink that works very well as a “my lips but better” color on me.
Honorable mentions to Lancome Matte Shaker in Beige Vintage and YSL Rose Perfecto for equally natural looking matte but “comfortable” shades.
And that’s it! It seems like a lot when it’s written out but I can slap this look on in less than a minute. Sometimes I’ll pat in a bit of L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush with my fingers to add some quick sparkle to my eyes but it just depends on the day. I wear glasses on most of my chill days so eye makeup is pretty minimal.
What makeup do you wear on your chill days? Do you go without foundation? Let’s talk about it in the comments below. 🙂